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The Master's Messenger

As held true for all of the LORD's Prophets, Moses was not a volunteer (see also The Birth Of Moses, Palace Prince To Sinai Shepherd and The Education Of Moses). Moses didn't just presumptuously go; Moses was sent. Other Biblical examples, Old and New Testament:

Jeremiah (see also Jeremiah and Baruch), who, like Moses, said "I cannot speak":

"1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 1:6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 1:7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak." (Jeremiah 1:4-7 KJV)

The twelve apostles (see Apostle):

"15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." (John 15:16 KJV)

The apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry):

"9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do." (Acts 9:6 KJV)

"Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say"

Moses was then given miraculous means which would serve as signs to those who could not, or would not ("if they will not believe" Exodus 4:9 KJV), believe.

Moses

"4:1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.

4:2 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand?

And he said, A rod.

4:3 And he said, Cast it on the ground.

And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

4:4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: 4:5 That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.

4:6 And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.

4:7 And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.

4:8 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. 4:9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land." (Exodus 4:1-9 KJV)

Moses' speaking problem was apparently not limited to shyness or inexperience. He evidently did have some sort of speech impediment, a problem that would likely get much worse under stress. The LORD then told Moses that his brother Aaron would be the spokesman for Moses, as Moses was the spokesman for the LORD (an appropriate "ranking" in that Moses, who served as a "political" leader "outranked" the one who would be the high priest - just as God The Father, the ultimate King, outranks Jesus Christ, the High Priest - see The Father's Witness and What Does Jesus Look Like Now?).

"4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? 4:12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

4:13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

4:14 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. 4:15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. 4:16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God. 4:17 And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs." (Exodus 4:10-17 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does Biblically "speaking in tongues" truly mean?
See Do You Speak In Tongues?


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